Sunday, January 11 2009
The Year in TV was a lot like the US economy: struggling until summer and then tanking under the hope of a 2009 comeback. Still, our staff found 30 solid reasons to be cheerful come entertainment investment time.
Thursday, September 25 2008
The nihilistic, morally blurred world of The Shield reflects the inner workings of its characters.
Tuesday, May 8 2007
Detective Vic Mackey kills cops, steals money, and beats suspects. How, then, can the man trying to bring him to justice be the "bad guy"?
Tuesday, January 24 2006
The betrayals work in all directions at once.
Monday, January 23 2006
Most of the brilliant fourth season is focused on the interplay of Vic with the two single-season 'heavyweights', Glenn Close as Captain Monica Rawling and Anthony Anderson as local kingpin Antwon Mitchell.
Monday, March 21 2005
Vic is the man in every way: mean, impulsive, voluble, in love with his authority but resentful too, resisting his own responsibility.
Thursday, February 24 2005
The Shield's moral center perpetually shifts, as the Team members struggle to maintain their sense of balance, caught between the outright villains and their own dishonesty.
Tuesday, March 9 2004
The Shield remains, shot for shot, TV's most compelling hour.
Monday, February 2 2004
Tuesday, May 7 2002
The success of 'The Shield' has doubtless upped the ante in regard to what networks will allow -- and resort to -- in order to gain ratings.